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All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
Vocalist Robert Rosen (aka Ozn) and keyboardist Ned Liben (aka Ebn) made up one of the more unusual synth pop duos of the early '80s. The lone album they produced together plays something like a Malcolm McClaren outing, full of cross-cultural stylistic pillaging and leg-pulling BS. The difference is that, unlike much of McLaren's work, it lacks any sort of concept that might redeem it. Feeling Cavalier offers a messy mishmash of musical styles, with salsa ("Video DJ," featuring a guest turn by none other than Tito Puente); fake Africanisms ("Kuchenga Pamoja"); and Fairlight-heavy dance-rock competing for attention. And though the pair's hip irreverence sometimes pays off, as ...
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All Music Guide - Dan LeRoy
Vocalist Robert Rosen (aka Ozn) and keyboardist Ned Liben (aka Ebn) made up one of the more unusual synth pop duos of the early '80s. The lone album they produced together plays something like a Malcolm McClaren outing, full of cross-cultural stylistic pillaging and leg-pulling BS. The difference is that, unlike much of McLaren's work, it lacks any sort of concept that might redeem it. Feeling Cavalier offers a messy mishmash of musical styles, with salsa ("Video DJ," featuring a guest turn by none other than Tito Puente); fake Africanisms ("Kuchenga Pamoja"); and Fairlight-heavy dance-rock competing for attention. And though the pair's hip irreverence sometimes pays off, as on the funny deflation of uptown artists, "Pop Art Bop," the jokes are more often broad-brush swipes on the order of "I Want Cash." The tongue-in-cheek tone also makes the earnest "Bag Lady (I Wonder)" seem even more out-of-place, although its clumsiness suggested the pair might be better off goofing around. The career highlight for Liben and Rosen was the single "AEIOU Sometimes Y," which combines intelligence, melody, and weirdness in just the right doses. Accompanied by a video that featured the ponytailed Rosen delivering a stream-of-consciousness rap about "this incredible Swedish girl," and with a more serious subtext about communication, it became a bizarre but deserved hit. It would be the only one for the pair; they split to work on other projects, and Liben died in 1998.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140031920
  • Catalog Number: 319

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bag Lady (I Wonder) (6:34)
  2. 2 Stop Stop Give It Up (3:48)
  3. 3 I Want Cash (3:24)
  4. 4 Kuchenga Pamoja (6:20)
  5. 5 TV Guide (1:28)
  6. 6 Video D. J. (4:21)
  7. 7 Pop Art Bop (4:56)
  8. 8 Rockin' Robin (3:24)
  9. 9 Aeiou Sometimes Y (6:33)
  10. 10 The Dawn (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ebn Ozn Primary Artist
Tito Puente Percussion, Cymbals, Timbales, cowbell
Jay Aaron Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Vocoder
Velvert Turner Group Vocals
Joe Berger Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Vocoder
Bobby Blain Piano, Piano (Grand)
Lisa Herman Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Vocoder
April Lang Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Vocoder
Jimmy Lowell Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Vocoder
Jack Waldman Trumpet, Horn
Ebn Liben Synthesizer
Ozn Rosen Organ, Vocals
Velvert Turner Background Vocals, Vocoder
Technical Credits
Jay Mark Engineer
Ed Steinberg Video Producer
Dave Wittman Engineer
Ozn Rosen Composer
Lynn Dreese Breslin Art Direction
Ned Liben Composer
Kenn Charles Fink Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    was not what I was expecting

    the sound quality was not good and I could not understand the words

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Feeling Cavalier And More

    My EBN OZN journey began 24 years ago. One late night I saw a video that touched me with its' compassion and warmth and shook me with its' raw intensity. I wrote down the name of the band so I could look for it later. However, I lost the paper, and life got in the way. <BR/><BR/>Sixteen or so years later I found that paper. At first I had no idea what it was, then I recalled it was a group I liked. My search for them went fruitless.<BR/><BR/>On to 2001. An internet search only yielded the information that Ned Liben, sadly, died in 1998. I could find nothing more. On to the back burner they went again.<BR/><BR/>Earlier this year while posting vacation photos, on a whim I looked up EBN OZN, and there were the videos for Bag Lady (I Wonder) and AEIOU Sometimes Y. I watched both, and the US shaped guitar in Bag Lady was what tripped my memory. Literally, after more than half my life, I found the video that had made such a huge impression on me.<BR/><BR/>I purchased the CD in July and my life has not been the same. Feeling Cavalier has broken down the walls I didn't even know were there and made me excited about music again.<BR/><BR/>Bag Lady (I Wonder) is a hard driving, straight out rock song that addresses the serious problem of homelessness. The lyrics show tremendous heart on the parts of Robert "OZN" Rosen and Ned "EBN" Liben. Musically, it lays the foundation for the rest of the CD, which is a very eclectic mix of electronica, rock, dance, new wave, salsa, African rythyms and much more. Fans of electronic music would be interested to know that this was the first album recorded entirely on a CMI Fairlight. <BR/><BR/>Stop Stop Give It Up is a combination love letter/farewell to the 60's and 70's. References are made to Tangerine Dream, The Beatles, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. It always brings out my hippie side.<BR/><BR/>I Want Cash is funny and practical. It sounds autobiographical, but I don't know how much of it is. Many people will be able to relate to the struggle to make ends meet. I know I certainly do.<BR/><BR/>Kuchenga Pamoja is a well written allegory with a fantastic African beat. It tells the story of a brave little ant battling the forces of nature to get his food home. <BR/><BR/>TV Guide is a hilarious take on Gregorian chant as it pays tribute to the arbitor of all that is televised.<BR/><BR/>Video DJ is the only song I can live with or without. The music - heavily salsa influenced - is good, but the lyrics just don't quite work. However, there is a Kajagoogoo moment that is quite funny.<BR/><BR/>Pop Art Bop is a fun and energetic odyssey. Robert Ozn shows off his emerging rapping skills. (Which were later demonstrated with his other group, Dada Nada.) <BR/><BR/>Rockin' Robin is a cover like no other. Bizarre, trippy and loads of fun. Probably the least electronic. Lots of great guitar and piano work.<BR/><BR/>AEIOU Sometimes Y may be the one they are best known for. Trippy music, stream-of-conscious lyrics, partially rapped, partially sung...and a lesson in linguistics. "There are 178 parent languages on the planet with over 1000 dialects. It's amazing we communicate at all." <BR/><BR/>The Dawn is a brief instrumental and the perfect end to the near perfect album. Any child of the 80's should have this treasure.

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